Does My Child Have a Reading Problem?

September 10, 2020 | General

Do you suspect your child may have a reading problem, but are worried about making a fuss about nothing? You might notice your child struggling but don’t know where to go for help. Teachers may say your child’s reading is within normal range for grade level but you may still be feeling uneasy.

Trust your instincts when it comes to reading problems

If you are reading this, I will presume your instincts suggest there is a problem. My advice is to always trust your intuition.

Over the years I have personally tutored over 500 students and I find the concerns of the parents are usually justified. If you think your child has a problem, you owe it to the child to get the help they need and deserve as soon as possible.

Maybe your child has been struggling for years and nothing you have tried has worked. You may have tried to help at home, gone for tutoring or asked the teacher for extra work but have found that none of these strategies really addressed the specific reading issues.

Don’t despair – it’s never too late to make a difference!

Find the right help

Here are a few tips that may help with assessing your child’s reading problems and finding the right help.

  • Don’t panic, often children just need a program to remediate their gaps.
  • Have you had their vision and hearing tested recently? If not, do so to rule this out.
  • Have you spoken with their current teacher and past teachers at length? What concerns did they raise?
  • Is there a family history of learning difficulties?

Over the years I have conducted hundreds of assessments, and many parents have shared with me the fact that either they or their partner had reading difficulties (look at the extended family as well).

Get the right help sooner rather than later

Act sooner rather than later, but don’t despair if your child is older and seems far behind. Once the gaps in the reading process are identified it is often relatively easy for the child to progress quickly, once these gaps are repaired. Look for help and give your child lots of encouragement.

Get professional help for your child’s reading problem

Don’t engage a general tutor to help – look for people who have specific programs designed to remediate reading problems. Please seek the advice of an experienced professional if you are concerned.

Do your research. Be aware that some assessments and programs make outlandish claims and are very expensive!

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